The Great Christmas Tree

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
It's one of my favorite traditions of the holiday season. Bundling up, knit hat on, boots laced up, Christmas tunes playing for the drive. And that fresh fir scent that mingles in the cold air as you brush through rows of towering evergreens in search of the perfect tree. I've loved this since I was a little girl, and I have the fondest memories of the trek to and from the tree farm and the excitement of finding a tree that was as plump as it was tall. 

Now I get to share this sweet memory-making tradition with my husband and our girls. It literally thrills me; I cannot contain the excitement. This year, it was a frigid 28° while we were at the tree farm. We brought out the snow suits for this excursion, and I loved watching my little pink fluff hunt for a tree. Our littlest gal stayed toasty on me, keeping me equally as warm....well my trunk (my hands could have used some heat!). 

We found our tree in record time, partially thanks to the cold moving us along. Husband chopped (rather cut) it down, and now it stands in our family room like the majestic beaut that it is. Our whole home smells like Christmas thanks to this tree. And the twinkle lights are on all day and night long, giving me the happiest holiday feels. 

We thought about back-tracking for a photo with the sled, but quickly thought better about it. The cold was a bit too much, so we headed to the little shop to find an ornament and some pumpkin butter to keep us till next year. 

Christmas Snail Mail

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
The best part about this time of year is all of the traditions. From cutting down our Christmas tree and decking the halls to baking holiday treats and driving around to look at Christmas lights, we love immersing ourselves in the season with all things festive. And that includes our Christmas cards too. I love browsing the selection of cards until I find just the right one, then adding the photos for our personal touch. Year after year, this never gets old. 

And what I find I'm loving most about our Christmas cards is comparing them to see just how much they have changed over the last five years. Specifically, the family that has grown from the two of us to the four of us. I appreciate that we get to document a little piece of life in the form of happy mail to share with our family and friends during the holidays. 

Our plan is to get cards out early this year, and we can't wait to open the mailbox to cards from our people. Greer is especially fond of cards, which makes this simple act of spreading holiday cheer all the more delightful!

If you're on the fence about cards or just don't know where to start, head over to Mpix. They have a plethora of cards to pick from, and the printing and service is always exceptional quality. Be sure to take advantage of the 50% off special they'll be running on cards on November 23rd only! 

Check out last year's Christmas cards for a fun way to put together the holiday snail mail!

A special thank you to Mpix for sponsoring this post. All opinions and content are mine alone. 

Little Love Letters || Thanksgiving Edition

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

dear sister girls,
i love your bond. it was so immediate and so strong right from the start. you two  are smitten with each other and I'm smitten too.

i need to find a way to deck the halls with you always. as in all year long. you're just so magical and cozy.

you are turning out just as amazing as i imagined. you're also going to take a lot longer than i anticipated, but you're worth it.

dear velvet,
you're the loveliest, and I'm a bit obsessed with you. i need a dress made of you.

dear winter snow,
i'm ready for you. show up anytime!

i've got my stretchy pants ready for you!

dear christmas tree,
we're coming for you on friday. you don't even know how excited i am! 

i want all of you. 

cheers + xo's

p.s. if you follow along on Instagram and caught my story a couple of weeks ago, you know we have dear friends adopting! we are beyond thrilled for them! Not only is Amanda going to be a wonderful mom, she's also a talented artist! She teamed up with me to make beautiful recipe cards for Thanksgiving. They'll be perfect for sharing and passing along your recipes with friends and family this Thursday. 

You can download the recipe cards HERE, then print them out on cardstock and cut on the dashed line at home! If you feel led to support them in their adoption journey, you can donate HERE. 

p.p.s read more little love letters

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Thanksgiving Home Tour

Friday, November 16, 2018

The mountains of Virginia got a lovely coating of ice yesterday. So we kept the fireplace roaring, stayed in our pajamas all day long, and made it a priority to enjoy fresh-from-the-oven cookies during nap time. We were feeling  quite festive and bright! All of it made for the perfect time to put together a little cozy post to share our Thanksgiving Home Tour with you today!

Who agrees that the chunk of time between Halloween and Christmas is one of the hardest stretches for decorating? Do you jump the fall ship and deck the halls with all of the pine garland and tinsel or do you keep the pumpkins around for a bit longer? We haven't really decided quite where we stand on this either, but one of the deciding factors is our Christmas tree. We cut down a fresh tree every year, and we save the day after Thanksgiving for that special tradition. So it doesn't quite feel right to decorate our house in all things Christmas without the main feature, our tree. 

Because I'm 95% ready to give up the fall feels for the Christmas feels this time of year, I love using this window of time to transition us from Halloween/Fall d├ęcor to the reds and greens of December. I like to make the little touches feel more like winter, not so much fall, while still keeping some of the pumpkins around. My trick is to go white; from the pumpkins to the garland and the white-tipped pinecones. It really helps our house feel ready for a new season, while still enjoying the last little drops of autumn, which I hold onto with little shades of crimson and orange.

Keeping twinkle lights out (I wrap them around my vine pumpkins) is the perfect way to make a space feel cozy and festive. Soon enough those twinkle lights will be shining brightly from our fir tree, and it's going to be magical. I also love to incorporate some quintessential Thanksgiving touches too. Like a porcelain turkey for the table and some pilgrim ornaments. I think it helps define this upcoming holiday without being over-the-top. 

I hope you enjoy our nice little mixture of fall + Thanksgiving + winter + a little touch of Christmas feels!  

p.s. find my tutorial for the pom pom garland HERE!


Family Room Paint Color is Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams || Foyer Wallpaper || Gingham Wallpaper || White Armchairs || Child's Chair || Velvet Pillows || White Wreath Pillows || Curtains || Curtain Rod || Cantilever Floor Lamp || Ottoman || Rug || Entryway Console || Floor Lamp || Glass Dome || Mirror || Cake Stand (similar) || Wood Gallery Wall Frames || Anything else just ask me!

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Pumpkin Painting To End The Season

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Now that Halloween is over, do you find yourself wondering what you'll do with all of your pumpkins? Maybe you've still got them on the porch as part of your fall/Thanksgiving decor. Or maybe you're contemplating chucking them out back with the hope the seeds will magically bury themselves just so in the dirt to produce pumpkins next year. 

What you could opt for is painting them, especially if you have little(s) who need a creative and fun outlet during the day. Gather their little friends for a festive and simple playdate. You've never seen a two-and-a-half-year-old more proud than after creating a masterpiece with a pumpkin + pink paints. Even better is when they get to revel in all that goodness with sweet friends. 

    • Pumpkins (we love pie pumpkins for littles, they're just the right size)
    • Acrylic paint 
      • we opted for six colors; enough to give variety without being overwhelming
      • stick to two main colors (in this case, pink and blue) and then pick shades of that color for a little unity
      • add a contrast - we went with a champagne color
    • Paint brushes
    • Paper plates
    • Brown paper to lay out on the floor (tape the corners down)
    • Paper towels for easy clean-up + wipe-down

If you want to keep your pumpkins through the Christmas season, opt for painting those pumpkins like snowmen. You can add googly eyes, a button nose, and pom poms for coal. There are lots of way to get creative with theses leftover pumpkins, whether you're the artist doing the painting or your child is! 

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XO, Goldilocks & The Three Bears

Friday, November 2, 2018
It's official. I will be putting together family Halloween costumes for always....well, as long as my children will let me. But, I'm hoping they'll always love putting a theme together with their parents and siblings. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and have the highest hopes.

This year, our little crew went as Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I've been holding onto this family costume since we found out we were expecting last October. With the help of our very talented neighbor, who knit the bear cowls and crocheted the hat for our Goldi girl, the whole idea came to life. It turned out even better than I imagined; best of all was the delight on our sweet Greer's face. She's only been telling everyone and anyone what our costumes were going to be since September. And she's also been excitedly counting down to trick-or-treating. Safe to say, she was in her own little piece of heaven on Wednesday. And even though Quinn was clueless as to what was going on, we loved celebrating her first Halloween as our baby bear. These little ladies sure do make the holidays all the more fun!

With a successful Halloween behind us, you know I'm already scheming up next year's family costume theme!